“Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions” (Workshop, Open University Campus Milton Keynes, 28 November 2016)

British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Health & Science Communication SIG Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies of The Open University, Milton Keynes “Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms” wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This all-day workshop will Read the full article…

“Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions” (CfP, BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG, 28 November 2016)

Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies The Open University, Milton Keynes “Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms” wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This workshop will focus on these ‘lived’ and ‘narrative’ aspects of the experience of illness and Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ by Stella Bolaki

The Centre is pleased to offer ‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture‘ by Stella Bolaki (Edinburgh, 2016) for review. We are specifically looking for an academic in the medical humanities to review this book, which will sit alongside a review from a medical professional. Illness narratives have become a cultural phenomenon in the Western world Read the full article…

Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through artefacts and architecture (CfA, 24th Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph)

Call for abstracts: Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through artefacts and architecture Editors: Christina Buse, Daryl Martin, Sarah Nettleton (University of York) Proposals are invited for the 24th Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph, which explores the role of material culture within health and social care encounters, including everyday objects, dress, interiors and Read the full article…

‘What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Health Care’ by Dr Rob Houtepen

‘What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Health Care’ by Larry R. Churchill, Joseph B. Fanning, and David Schenck (Oxford University Press, 2013). These three authors from Vanderbilt University share a long standing engagement with the fields of medical humanities and bioethics. Larry Churchill and David Schenck earlier joined forces in a project on the concept Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States’ by Seth M. Holmes

Two copies of ‘Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States‘ by Seth M. Holmes (University of California Press, 2013) are available for review. We are looking for two contrasting perspectives on Holmes’ work, which could take the form of different academic perspectives or reviews by an academic and clinician. Expressions of interest are welcome from across Read the full article…

The Lumen (Online launch)

The Lumen magazine has launched its online presence. For more details, click here. To read Issue One – click here. The Lumen is a magazine for new literature and visual art dealing with the themes of illness, medicine and healthcare. It aims to explore the texture, depth and diversity of the personal experience of medicine, Read the full article…

A Spotted Hankie and the Open Road – and Arts in Health in Australia

Mike White writes: I have just taken early retirement on health grounds and am leaving the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, though I shall still post blogs here from the cerebral Bowling Green as I cope with the new realities of beige clothing and those staples of later life – cream crackers and lemon curd. Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Healthcare’ edited by Churchill, Fanning, and Schenck.

The edited volume of ‘What Patients Teach’ (Oxford University Press, 2013) by Larry R. Churchill, Joseph B. Fanning, and David Schenck is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities and this book may be of particular interest to clinical and healthcare professionals.  ‘Being a patient is a unique interpersonal Read the full article…

A Narrative Future for Healthcare (International Conference, Guy’s Hospital Campus of King’s College London, June 19-21 2013)

Prof Brian Hurwitz, Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London writes: Scholars of the humanities, social scientists and clinicians are converging on the Guy’s campus of King’s College London next month to sharpen and critique narrative concepts and methods in health care.   A Narrative Future for Health Care will Read the full article…